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Golden Triangle and Goa
Delhi, Agra, Ranthambore National Park, Jaipur, Goa, Mumbai
Best for: Luxury, Culture History, Highlights
This two-week itinerary is the perfect combination of culture, wildlife and relaxation, including the attractions of India’s well-travelled Golden Triangle route, the abundant wildlife of Ranthambore National Park and the serene sandy shores of Goa.
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Starting in Delhi, this trip follows the traditional Golden Triangle route, including highlights such as Delhi’s ancient bazaars, Humayun’s Tomb, Agra's Taj Mahal, and the palaces and forts of Jaipur. It also takes you to enjoy morning and afternoon game drives in Ranthambore National Park, one of the best places to spot the majestic Bengal tiger in its natural habitat. After the bustling cities of Agra, Delhi and Jaipur, the sandy beaches of Goa will be a welcome retreat. Spend the final few days of your trip relaxing in the tranquil hideaway of Ahilya by the Sea, perhaps visiting some local markets or exploring Goa’s opulent churches and colonial mansions, before travelling to the bright lights of Mumbai to fly home.
Days 1 - 3 : Delhi, India
Stay at The Imperial for 2 nights
Upon arrival in Delhi, you will be met by one of our representatives and transferred to The Imperial, a fantastic historical hotel offering understated luxury in a great location in New Delhi. Your first afternoon is free to relax in this fascinating and diverse city, or an afternoon tour of Delhi’s magnificent garden tombs and the Lodi Gardens can be arranged if you wish. The following morning will involve a guided tour of the teeming bazaars of Old Delhi, before exploring the main attractions of New Delhi later that afternoon, including the magnificent Mughal building of Humayun’s Tomb and Delhi’s famous Qutab Minar.
Day 3 - 4 : Agra, India
Stay at Trident Agra for 1 night
On the morning of day three, you will be driven to Delhi’s train station in time to catch a two hour train south to Agra, the home of the Taj Mahal. After checking in to the Trident Hotel, the day will be spent with a private specialist guide exploring Agra Fort, one of the finest Mughal forts in India, and Mehtab Bagh, a large park offering spectacular views of the Taj Mahal across the Yumana River. The following morning you will be taken to visit the Taj Mahal for sunrise. Although an early start, we feel this is the best time to take in this stunning mausoleum in all its glory. After breakfast, you will begin the drive to your next destination – Ranthambore National Park.
Days 4 - 6 : Ranthambore National Park, India
Stay at Khem Villas for 2 nights
The drive to Ranthambore is broken up with a visit to deserted city of Fatehpur Sikri. Once the capital of the Mughal Empire, today it is a vast citadel of abandoned courts, palaces and mosques. From Fatehpur Sikri, it’s a six hour drive to Khem villas, a welcoming and tranquil wilderness camp just ten minutes from the gates of Ranthambore National Park. The next day, explore the vast plains and dense forests of Ranthambore National Park on morning and afternoon game drives in search of tigers, jungle cats, leopards, deer and monkeys. Time in between game drives is spent relaxing at Khem Villas, enjoying refreshing dips in the plunge pool and listening to the sounds of the surrounding forest.
Days 6 - 9 : Jaipur, India
Stay at 47 Jobner Bagh for 3 nights
Enjoy one final game drive the following morning before leaving the natural serenity of Ranthambore for Jaipur, Rajasthan’s capital and the heart of the Golden Triangle. After approximately a four hour drive, you will arrive at 47 Jobner Bagh, a stylish boutique property in the heart of Jaipur that will be your accommodation for the next three nights. The following day, explore the city of Jaipur with your local specialist guide, visiting the historic City Palace, the Jantar Mantar observatory, the Palace of Winds (Hawa Mahal) and the bazaars of the old city. Your second day in Jaipur takes you a little more off-the-beaten-track as you enjoy a guided walk to the settlement of the Meena Tribe, before ascending the Aravalli Hills on a historic path. The path offers breath-taking views of Jaipur’s spectacular Amber fort, which you will then visit that afternoon.
Days 9 - 13 : Goa, India
Stay at Ahilya by the Sea for 4 nights
It’s time to leave bustle of the Golden Triangle behind as you are transferred to Jaipur airport in time to catch a flight to Goa via Mumbai. From Goa’s Dabolim Airport, you will be taken to the idyllic boutique hotel of Ahilya by the Sea, approximately a one hour drive. Ahilya by the Sea is the perfect place to unwind for a few days, relaxing by the hotel’s two swimming pools, sitting on shady verandas or walking a few minutes to the popular beaches of Calangute, Candolim and Baga. Those looking to discover Goa’s rich culture and history may wish to visit the Anjuna Flea Market, the Resi-Magos Fort and explore the nearby churches and colonial mansions.
Day 13 - 14 : Mumbai, India
Stay at Taj Mahal Palace for 1 night
On day 12, you will be transferred back to Goa’s airport to catch a short flight to Mumbai, India’s ever expanding mega-city and commercial hub. On arrival, you will be met and transferred to the Taj Mahal Palace, a five star hotel overlooking the historic Gateway of India and the Arabian Sea. Mumbai’s most emblematic hotel, this hotel is almost a sight worth seeing in its own right. The afternoon is free to spend as you wish, exploring the city or relaxing at the hotel. The following morning marks the end of your trip are you are transferred to Mumbai’s international airport in time to board your flight back home.
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